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CEQA REFORM?

Posted: November 29, 2012 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Before the sweeping change brought about by this week’s election, the Governor and California Legislative Leaders indicated they were planning on tackling reform to the the state’s environmental laws with an eye toward speeding up proposed development projects.  The Governor has stated that he expects lawmakers to vote next year on changes to the California Environmental Quality Act, the 1970 law that requires the state and local governments to weigh environmental consequences when considering ...

SOLAR INCENTIVE FUND

Posted: November 29, 2012 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
  Funding for residential solar incentives cleared an important hurdle Wednesday when the California Energy Commission approved a 3-year investment plan that includes another $50 million in funding for the New Solar Home Partnership program (NSHP).   As required by a 2012 budget trailer bill (SB 1018), the CEC is required to develop an investment plan for the funds collected via the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC).  Read More →

FULL UPDATE OF ALL MEASURES

Posted: November 29, 2012 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
  Click here for results on all ballot measures.   Click here for results on all candidate races.  Read More →

GOVERNOR PRIORITIES

Posted: November 29, 2012 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Two days after the election, Governor Brown held a press conference to discuss the results. When asked by reporters, he initially said no tax increases without a vote of the people, but would not commit to a veto of any tax increases sent to him by the Legislature.  The Governor also said tax reform should be considered.   Governor Brown said the following are his five priorities for next session:   1. Calibrate our regulations to balance competing interests 2. Water 3. High-speed rail 4. ...

ELECTION OVER – CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS!

Posted: November 29, 2012 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The 2012 Elections have come and gone and we are now preparing for the 2013 Legislative Session.  However, before we look forward, we’d like to take a moment and congratulate all the winners from Tuesday.   Of special note, congratulations to Governor Brown who won his hard fought battle to pass Proposition 30 “Temporary Taxes to Fund Education.”  That measure passed with 54% of the electorate supporting it.  We hope this measure, as advertised, will help California stabilize its budget.   Additionally, ...

BOMA CALIFORNIA WELCOMES 2013 LEADERSHIP

Posted: November 29, 2012 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
BOMA is all about advocacy for the commercial real estate industry, whether before a board of supervisors, the California State Legislature, state agencies like the State Fire Marshal’s office or the Public Utilities Commission, or the U.S. Congress. At its Annual Board Meeting in Orange County, BOMA California approved the following officers to serve as leadership in 2013:   President: Brian Harnetiaux, Transwestern (BOMA Orange County) VP: Deanna Drake-Coplan, CB Richard Ellis (BOMA Oakland/East ...

COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL TASK FORCE ON WATER USE

Posted: November 29, 2012 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The State’s Natural Resource Agency has released a draft of its “Commercial, Institutional and Industrial Task Force Best Management Practices Report to the Legislature.”  A stakeholder group was tasked to develop alternative best management practices for the commercial, industrial, & institutional (CII) water sector.  The group also assessed the potential statewide water use efficiency improvements in this sector that would result from implementation of alternative Best Management Practices.  ...

ELECTION WEEKS TO GO – PROPOSITIONS

Posted: November 29, 2012 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
With just three weeks to go until the election, many people are spending a lot of time thoughtfully going over their ballots and making decisions on Propositions.  The CalChamber has put out its recommendations and as a proud member of that organization, we thought we would share:   Proposition 30:  Temporary Taxes to Fund Education.  Guaranteed Local Public Safety Funding.  — No Position Proposition 31:  State Budget, State and Local Government.  — Support Proposition 32: Political ...

INDUSTRY AWARDS DINNER

Posted: November 29, 2012 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Next week the 2012 Industry Awards Dinner will be held in Newport Beach.  This event, held every two years, is a chance for the commercial real estate industry to take a break and honor people that have made a difference in our business.  This year we take time to honor the following individuals and companies:   Ernest W. Hahn Memorial Award Greg McWilliams with Newhall Land is being awarded for his longtime leadership and service to the commercial real estate industry.   John Caldecott ...

STATE ARCHITECT ISSUES DRAFT REWRITE OF ACCESSIBILITY STANDARDS

Posted: November 29, 2012 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The Division of the State Architect (DSA) has released to the public draft building standards for disabled accessibility in commercial and government buildings.  As reported earlier, DSA has decided to rewrite California’s Disabled Accessibility Standards, using the federal Department of Justice regulations as the basis for our state regulations.   DSA’s rewrite includes amendments to DOJ’s regulations where California’s current standards are more stringent.  Over the past 8 months, ...
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